2020 Chateau Pradeaux Bandol Rose
We all know why we love Rosé. It’s fun and simple. It’s nice and easy. Rosé gets along with everybody and every occasion. And, usually, those are exactly the qualities we want from our Rosé.
But Rosé can be serious. And, sometimes, serious is what we need from our Rosé.
Chateau Pradeaux Bandol Rosé is nothing if not serious. Perfectly dry and beautifully floral, but seriously rich, structured, robust, and complex, with an ability to age gracefully.
Chateau Pradeaux is the bellwether of the wine region of Bandol in the south of France, with vineyards on the Mediterranean Ocean between Toulon and Marseilles. The estate has been in the hands of the Portalis family since before the French Revolution. Jean-Marie-Etienne Portalis inherited the Chateau in 1752, but the estate was devastated during the French Revolution and suffered the effects of the phylloxera epidemic in the nineteenth century. Suzanne Portalis and her daughter, Arlette, retreated to the Chateau during World War II and began reviving its vineyards. Chateau Pradeaux is currently owned by Cyrille Portalis, the sole direct descendant of Suzanne and Arlette. Cyrille, his wife, Magali, and his two sons, Etienne and Edouard, uphold the exacting standards of the estate.
Chateau Pradeaux Bandol Rosé is made from Mourvèdre and Cinsault. Cyrille macerates the juice for his Rosé on its skins to extract a light color, then ferments the juice at low temperatures to heighten the wine’s freshness, fruit, and bouquet. The Rosé is aged in cement tanks from autumn through winter and bottled in the spring. The aromas and flavors of the 2020 Bandol Rosé are a basket of earthy fruits, spices, and flowers, with strawberry and lavender, rose petals and lilacs. Its palate is both powerful and sublime, robust yet dry.
Yes, we love our fun and frivolous Rosés. But great Rosé can be as serious as any wine. And the greatest of them all is Chateau Pradeaux Bandol Rosé. A Rosé you’ll want enough of for this summer, this Thanksgiving, and next spring.